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Jasper Juvenile Center Closing


The Jasper Youth Treatment Center is supposed to house 40 children and teens and provide them mental health services and substance abuse treatment. But after Friday, that won't be happening and those trained to help will be out of a work.

"We have 42 people that need a job, I don't want to draw unemployment, no one wants to be on unemployment," said Dwight Pollock.

Pollock is the Program Director for the Jasper Youth Treatment Center. He says the Hamilton County School Board and the Hamilton County Development Authority aren't willing to work with him to keep the center open.

"The Superintendent of Hamilton County schools, and the Hamilton County School Board and the Hamilton County Development Authority, they are preventing the facility from opening," said Pollock.

The Hamilton County Superintendent Tom Moffses says they have been willing, but cannot reach an agreement.

"As I have stated in every meeting with them, the Hamilton County School District is standing by, willing ready and able to assist them to make this an outstanding facility but we do have to have a cooperative agreement statute according to rules," said Moffses.

Moffses says they have lost money in the past because of the facility, and would need to break even to be able to keep it open.

Still, workers are hoping that an agreement can be reached in the future. Until then, workers say the kids are the ones suffering.

"We have a chance to change lives, and somewhere along the way education has dropped the ball with these kids and didn't entice them to learn, and we have a second chance with them."


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